The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

7-11p.m., $12/$8 students

The Octopuses Garden Art Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to “strengthening community interaction through visual, literary and performance arts” has been celebrating diversity by providing opportunities to foster self-expression since 2008.  “We collaborate with other non-profits, schools, neighborhood associations and local businesses throughout Omaha in hosting events to facilitate positive growth for anyone interested in learning an art form, meeting new people and expressing themselves,” said Executive Director Matthew Clouse. This third annual fundraiser will feature live music by Blue Rosa, John Klemmensen and DJ Tom Barrett; a silent art auction featuring local artists including Miss Cake, Andrew Hershey, Rodney Rahl and more; and a live artist demonstration of clothes stenciling. Proceeds will benefit the Garden’s educational initiatives at the New Park Avenue Center, new office space, a new website and maintaining their ongoing programs.

Sally Deskins

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